53 - The Mummy

Diminishing Returns heads back to the Universal Monsters franchise (now known as Dark Universe apparently) to explore the The Mummy movies.
We're not exactly sure how we feel about the new Tom Cruise movie coming out, but we talk through how we'd reboot the franchise all the same.

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Films covered in this episode:

The Mummy (1932)
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 50%

The Mummy's Hand
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

 

Check out Sol's review of the scene where Ananka rises from the dead in The Mummy's Curse, as discussed in this episode:

The Mummy's Tomb
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 50%

The Mummy's Ghost
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

The Mummy's Curse
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 80%

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

The Mummy (1959)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 60%

The Mummy (1999)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 64%

The Mummy Returns
Allen: ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 54%

The Scorpion King
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: n/s
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 60%

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 55%

Episodes in the Universal Monsters series:
"Frankenstein"

"The Mummy"

We continue our discussion of Dark Universe in:
"Review of the Year 2017: Part 1"
and
"Review of the Year 2017: Part 2"

7 - Frankenstein

Released 18/07/2016

This week, Diminishing Returns use Frankenstein as a jumping-off point, with Calvin, Sol and Allen each taking ideas from elsewhere and cobbling them together to create ambitious, grotesque and ultimately doomed pitches for the sequel.

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Films covered in this episode:

Frankenstein (1931)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 74%

Bride of Frankenstein
Allen: n/s
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 90%

Did we pique your interest for Calvin's short film "The Bride of Vernon"? If so, you can watch it in full on YouTube.

Son of Frankenstein
Allen: n/s
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

The Ghost of Frankenstein
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

House of Frankenstein
Allen: n/s
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 70%

Young Frankenstein
Allen: ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 57%

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ½
Sol: ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 54%

I, Frankenstein
Allen: n/s
Calvin: ✰ ½
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 30%

Victor Frankenstein
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/s
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 70%

Episodes in the Universal Monsters series:
"Frankenstein"
"The Mummy"